Since some stupid stomach flu keeps me homebound this week, I used the opportunity to post an unposted trip: day 13, in the north-west of Gelderland. This trip dates from already quite a while back, 29 March 2013, when time was more abundant
Started as a small settlement Herderewich, it gained importance in the thirteenth century after gaining town privileges. From 1648 through 1811 there was a university known for its promovendi such as Carolus Linnaeus. Nowadays Harderwijk is famous for the largest marine mammal park in Europe.
Although I drive through Harderwijk quite often to get to one of our favourite windsurfing spots, I have never actually been into the centre, which still accomodates some old architecture.
The name Nunspeet is derived from Nuwenspete which means “new reclamation”. The opposite is the village Elspeet in the same municipality, which means “old reclamation”.
Initially, the area was quite harsh to inhabit. In the 20th century they afforested the area, to avoid sand drift.
This is the third municipality in row directly connected to the Veluwemeer. For centuries the old town hall was located in the historical centre of the town. However, I couldn’t get there by bike, hence I only have this picture of this new poor-looking town hall. The heraldic symbol on the outside looks nice and shiny though.
There is a lot of sight-seeing to do in the centre, with old architecture and a large ditch around the town centre.
Although Jan Tuttel thinks that the El in Elburg and Elspeet have different meanings, he is not decisive. I think the reasoning of the INL is fair, with El referring to old (as for Elspeet), and burg to stronghold.
The name does not mean old pants (broek means pants), but broek is a variant of burcht, as we also saw in Elburg. The coat arms of Oldebroek is quite funny, as it’s been drawn by a child:
It depicts a silver shield with three alder leaves of vert.
Apparently, in 1989 Hattem was the only Dutch city to receive the European predicate “Best kept village”. Although I cannot find a true source for it. If you know of any, let me now.
It is without a doubt one of the nicest town halls I’ve visited so far. The aura, the colours, the only thing lacking is some steps
When I was taking pictures a squirrel appeared. I followed it for a while, but I lost it.
The area around Epe, especially around Vaassen, contains celtic fields (raatakkers in Dutch) dating from the iron age. There appears to be a very active community that charts all historical events, and has a very detailed timeline of the municipality: http://www.ampt-epe.nl/historie.
The name Voorst occurs in at least eight accountable places in the Netherlands, and in many more derivations (e.g. Voorsttonden). An English reader can recognise the English forest in Voorst. In the middle ages a forst or foreest was an area consisting of forest, fields and lands, especially in a hunting context. For a more detailed etymologic interpretation, see the same linked document.
The last municipality is also the biggest. It comprises the village Radio Kootwijk. Named after the broadcasting station with the same name.
km total: 2599
done: 9 (71)
to do: 344